Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Edmund storms to first Grand Slam quarter-final

Edmund storms to first Grand Slam quarter-final

Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

While Seppi, who was also trying to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time, was holding serve easily, the 23-year-old Edmund saved five break points in the eighth game, coming up with some big serves when he needed them.

Not only has he gone one better than Murray managed past year, he is the first Great Britain player to make the last eight since John Lloyd in 1985, outside of our absent former world No 1.

The 23-year-old, who fired 25 aces and 63 winners during the encounter, came into the meeting against his Italian counterpart having won their only previous encounter back in 2013 in Antwerp.

The world No. 1 could meet Edmund in the semi-finals, should they both win their last-eight clashes, and insists his progress is 'not a surprise'.

Edmund is an unassuming sort but was delighted to have got past the vastly experienced Italian, who three years ago beat Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.

Nadal beat the Brit in a tight three-setter in Monte Carlo past year and was seriously impressed by how hard Edmund pushed him on clay.

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Seppi, the world No 76, lost only four points on serve during the first set on his way to securing the tiebreak and appeared set to take control of the match when he broke Edmund in the third game of the second set. "I'm through to my first quarter-final and I'm very happy".

"You play for your nation but you're here playing for yourself and nothing changes in terms of your preparations and process".

After 23 unforced errors in the first set he would make just six in the second and five in the third, gaining more control of his service games and starting to pick off winners.

Edmund appeared to struggle to find his range in the first set and was forced to save five break points in the eighth game of the opener.

Two more break points went begging for Edmund at 3-2 but he finally broke through for 5-3 when Seppi netted a backhand.

The third set was all Edmund as Seppi began to tire. The Brit then rallied, winning 7-5.

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